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Connacht strengthen squad with move for flanker Willie Faloon

Updated: Tuesday, 27 Mar 2012 11:53

Faloon is looking forward to his new role with Connacht
Faloon is looking forward to his new role with Connacht

Connacht have announced the signing of Willie Faloon from Ulster on a two-year deal.

The openside flanker will join the province at the end of this season.

Voted Ulster Academy Player of the Year in 2009, Faloon won the AIB Cup with his native Ballynahinch and went on to earn his first Heineken Cup cap for Ulster against Bath in the same year.

He has 14 appearances in the Heineken Cup and holds 33 caps in the RaboDirect Pro12 and earned his first Ireland Wolfhound cap against Scotland last year.

Speaking about the signing, Connacht head coach Eric Elwood said: "Signing Willie is a big step for us, he will join an already strong pack here at Connacht and his experience and workrate will add an extra dimension to our gameplay.

"He's an athletic, aggressive ball-carrier in the mould of a traditional number seven and alongside his phenomenal work at the breakdown I know he will be a major asset to the club."

Faloon added: "I'm really looking forward to the move to Connacht next season to challenge for regular game time. After speaking with Eric I was in no doubt as to the direction he wants to take Connacht and I'm happy to be part of that plan."